La Fille de Berlin by Christopher Sheldrake for Serge Lutens 2013

Hello Perfume Posse, Portia from Australian Perfume Junkies here and today we look at Serge Lutens newest select distribution baby La Fille de Berlin. I know, everyone else got there ahead of me but I just found a hefty decant in a bag that I was about throw away because I thought I had used all the decants and that it was empty. Ha Ha ha! It’s so fabulous I couldn’t resist writing about it.

La Fille de Berlin by Serge Lutens 2013

La Fille de Berlin FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accord in one line:
Rose, Pepper

WHOOOSHHHH! The opening burst of fizzy, fruity roses is amazing, bubbling up my nose and tickling my brain. Aaaagh! Like a sweet, luscious, juicy framboise it is syrupy rich on my skin like a huge old amazing damask rose dipped in the most expensive full fruit jam. Other reviewers get a cooling into violet but on me we stay firmly in sweet, spicy rose territory and falls away to whisper quality at about the one hour mark on me.

It becomes a sweet, wet, peppery rose that has a very human musky base. I LOVE La Fille de Berlin and want to go back immediately and live the initial spritz again.

La Fille de Berlin stays at the soft level for hours, I get surprising little whiffs all evening and can still smell a very quiet sweetness next morning.

Berlin, Schloss CharlottenburgPhoto Stolen MorgueFile

Further reading: Bois de Jasmin and Now Smell This
You can buy La Fille de Berlin at LuckyScent $120/50ml or Serge Lutens
Surrender To Chance starts at $4/.5ml

Did you all try it yet? Was it anything like I experienced? It seems to live differently on my skin than most reviewers, or maybe I am completely smell broken?
If you liked this you’ll LOVE Australian Perfume Junkies so trot over and say howdy.

Portia xx

29 Comments
Belle July 21, 2013

I was very excited to to try this, but sadly, not one for me. I smelled something metallic in the first minutes of spraying, which I don't mind. But this beauty turned later powdery on me :(

Musette July 19, 2013

OMG! that is so strange. Seriously? I just found a little decant in a little shopping bag full of .........flotsam and jetsam is the only way to describe it. I was just going to chuck it, then on a whim decided to dump it out and make sure...and vi-ola! I'm going to wear it this pm, see what's what! xoxoA

FearsMice July 19, 2013

Thanks for the review, Portia -- I'm still itching to try this one...

Ann July 19, 2013

Howdy, Portia! Like March above, I am not big on roses. However, this one sounded intriguing and I ordered a sample a while back. Now to find it ... arghhh... Thanks for a lovely review though.

Tom July 19, 2013

loooove this..

Fatima July 18, 2013

This one is on my sample list, especially since it has rose AND violet. I have Montale Black Aoud for my dark, sexy rose and Heeley Hippie Rose for my fun rose. I am a bit worried that La Fille de Berlin might be too sweet. Portia, I doubt you're "smell broken"! I think that perfumes smell differently on peoples' skin because we all have a unique hormonal makeup that affects our skin and our own natural scent.

tammy July 18, 2013

I'm dying to get my hands on this, but am trying to be better about buying so many samples. I am longing for a Lutens to love and have all but given up, though I do like de Profundis, and need to try La Myrrh. I like Uncle Serge's other roses, but they aren't especially different from the other rose fragrances I have. Is this one appreciably different than Majeste and Nuit?

masha7 July 18, 2013

My two favorite roses are Perles de Lalique (rose, pepper, Iso E Super), and Olympic Orchids Ballets Rouges. How would La Fille de Berlin compare to those 2? (or ELd'O Rossy de Palma, for that matter, another gorgeous, dark rose....)

Lavanya July 18, 2013

If I didn't already own a decant- your review might have made me get one! I was a leetle tiny bit disappointed in this as I expected just a little more depth or weirdness. This was quite a pretty scent on my sweet-amping skin. It reminded me a bit of Rooh-afza, the rose flavored syrup that is stirred into cold milk and drunk..I was never a big fan of that syrup but my husband was, so ofcourse he liked the perfume more than I did..[I did like the perfume just didn't head over heels love it) I think I need to wear it today..

patriciaC July 18, 2013

Yummy! your review makes me want to drink it over ice-if i could afford it. I think i will order a sample. Thanks for the review.

March July 18, 2013

Huh, I am not a huge fan of rose, not even Lutens rose.... and you really have me wanting to sample this one! So, thanks for that...

Barbara July 18, 2013

For my birthday last month I treated myself to a junket over to Seattle and a wonderful little store that, as far as I know by checking the Lutens site, is the only place in the Northwest that sells his perfumes. Not only that but the SA gave me a tutorial of their wares - many perfumes from many sources. I instantly fell in love with this latest Lutens - exactly the scent of full-on deep red roses that best release their wondrous fragrance on hot sunny days. While I went ahead and purchased his Un Bois Vanille (another love I just had to have), I wasted no time ordering a generous sample of La Fille de Berlin from Surrender to Chance. Ah. Life is good!